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In this Issue
*NDP MPP Percy Hatfield Introduces a Private Members Bill into the Ontario Legislature to Make it Easier for Businesses to Make Their Premises Accessible to Customers and Employees with Disabilities
*Ontario Government Announces Measures to Implement Recommendations of 2014 Moran AODA Independent Review
*Ontario to Crack Down on Accessibility Violators
*Consumer Movement of the Blind Targets Canadian Government and Regulated Organizations Over Consumer Access
*Student Projects in Accessible Design Win Top Two Spots in IDeA Competition
*Minister Duguid Explores Options
*Another DOJ Action Over Allegedly Inaccessible Websites and Other Technologies
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NDP MPP Percy Hatfield Introduces a Private Members Bill into the Ontario Legislature to Make it Easier for Businesses to Make Their Premises Accessible to Customers and Employees with Disabilities
We are delighted that at the AODA Alliances request, NDP MPP Percy Hatfield today introduced a Private Members Bill into the Ontario Legislature for
First Reading. This bill, set out below, would make it easier for businesses to take action to make their premises accessible to people with disabilities.
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Ontario Government Announces Measures to Implement Recommendations of 2014 Moran AODA Independent Review
Government Commits to Some Helpful Measures Including Increased Enforcement, But Much More Is Still Needed
Ontario to Crack Down on Accessibility Violators
As recommended in Februarys legislative review, the ministry will begin releasing annual compliance reports next year with information on complaints,
fines and other enforcement measures along with action plans for improvement. (Fines for noncompliance range from $200 to $2,000 for individuals and from $500 to $15,000 for corporations.)
Consumer Movement of the Blind Targets Canadian Government and Regulated Organizations Over Consumer Access
Far too often, blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians ask for documents in accessible formats and these requests remain inaccessible, unheard
or unmet. The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is spearheading a national awareness campaign leading up to Canada Day called I Am Your
Customer that will highlight the need for accessibility solutions for blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians so that we may participate fully as informed customers in the marketplace throughout Canada.
Student Projects in Accessible Design Win Top Two Spots in IDeA Competition
Both winning projects a device to assist people in standing up from a sitting position and an app to keep people on track with their goals were led by
Quayce Thomas and Brendan OBrien, architecture students in Carletons research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design (FED).
Minister Duguid Explores Options
By Victor Schwartzman
Although implementation of AODA is now officially older than a decade, older than your dog but maybe not your car, Ontario continues to claim its world leadership in access by.exploring options!
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Another DOJ Action Over Allegedly Inaccessible Websites and Other Technologies
Although the lawsuit is brought under Title II of the ADA which applies to state and local government entities and not public accommodations, the obligations
under the Title II and III are very similar. Thus, the DOJs position in this lawsuit provides useful insight into how it would treat private universities and other public accommodations covered by Title III of the ADA.
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